argali

[ahr-guh-lee]
noun, plural ar·ga·li.
  1. a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, of Asia, having long, curved horns that typically form an open, outwardly extended spiral: rare or endangered.
Also argal.

Origin of argali

1770–80; < Mongolian: female mountain sheep
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argali

argal

noun plural -gali or -gals
  1. a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, inhabiting semidesert regions in central Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. It is the largest of the sheep, having massive horns in the male, which may almost form a circle

Word Origin for argali

C18: from Mongolian
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